The Body & Soul festival (June 20-22) at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, is first out of the traps with a summer lineup announcement, and the wonderful Goldfrapp are the eye-catching name on a roster that also includes John Grant and Mount Kimbie. Weekend camping tickets from €129.50.
Perhaps the Groove festival (July 5-6) at Killruddery Estate, Co Wicklow, should change its name considering its recently-announced headliners are Paloma Faith and David Gray. Eels have added a second performance at the Olympia in Dublin and will now play the venue on July 1 and 2. Mick Flannery has been announced as the support act at Kilmainham on June 25, but there’s no word yet as to who’ll be supporting the Bury band at the Marquee in Cork the previous night. In Cork, Mike Skinner takes to the decks at the Pavilion tonight, while downstairs at the venue, a group of local DJs are paying tribute to the legendary Loft club in New York with a selection of dirty disco and funk tunes. British trance merchant Simon Patterson is the latest addition to the Savoy’s list of guests on April 11, while American house veteran Mark ‘MK’ Kinchen (‘Burnin’, ‘Push The Feeling On’, etc) will be there on May 2 with vocalist Anabel Englund. Singer-songwriter Ken Cotter says he has been inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses for his new album, Anatomy Of A Goddess, and he’ll be playing tunes at the Roundy in Cork on Sunday.
Noel Fielding of the Mighty Boosh makes a rare visit to these shores on December 11 for a show at the Olympia in Dublin, while raspy American comic Rich Hall plays the same venue on June 26, as does Omid Djajili on November 4. In Cork, the Opera House hosts Neil Delamere tomorrow and March 29, as well as Andrew Maxwell on Sunday, March 16.
While Frozen’s trumping of Pharrell for the film song Oscar has prompted calls for Vladimir Putin to invade Disneyland, the other big surprise at last week’s awards was that The Act of Killing didn’t get best documentary. Showing next Thursday at Cork Cine Club at St John’s college, Joshua Oppenheimer’s surreal account of the actions of Indonesian death squads features some of Suharto’s killers getting all theatrical about their acts as they explain the mechanics of a purge that claimed about 500,000 lives in the 1960s. Over at Triskel Christchurch from Sunday, the programme includes French thriller Stranger By The Lake and American drama August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. In Dublin, the IFI’s screening of Plot For Peace on March 13 will include a Q+A with Jean-Yves Ollivier, the behind-the scenes negotiator who mediated between both sides in South Africa during the last days of apartheid. Perhaps the pre-Oscar onrush of quality mainstream films has come to an end, but two interesting prospects on general release this weekend include 300: Rise of an Empire and ‘heartwarming’ Irish comedy The Stag.
The Works tonight (RTÉ One, 8.30pm) has John Kelly interviewing Hugo Hamilton about his new novel, Every Single Minute. BBC Four continues its superb series of Friday music documentaries with Muscle Shoals (9pm) tonight, the tale of the small town that gave birth to so many classic records.
The Fort Madison Voices’ Choir from the US will perform at St Peter’s Church, Bandon, Co Cork tomorrow at 8pm. Also in West Cork, the region’s impressive literary festival (July 6-12) has already opened bookings for its various workshops. Topics include historical fiction, how to get your novel started and letting your poem off the leash.